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The Baer Amplification Valkyrie thread

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jared Lash, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I posted my initial review in the general Baer thread but with the initial run of 10 Valkyries being shipped out I figured it would be good to have a dedicated thread.

    So here's a cut-and-paste of my review and hopefully others will share their thoughts as well.
    31HZ likes this.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Very cool...Roger's a great guy and I hope he does well by the Valkyrie.
  3. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification

    +1 It's a big undertaking and no doubt a labor of love.
  4. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jared: good idea on a separate thread just for the Valkyrie.
  5. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Couldn't agree more. And it really is an amazing amp.

    Absolutely. And having read the threads on your preamps I know you can appreciate that more than most.

    I was in a position to buy a high quality rig and was considering the Mesa Prodigy or Strategy (which I played at the Mesa GTG) or the Jule Monique and Demeter Minnie (I played Monique with a Crest power amp) but decided to take a risk and buy the Valkyrie based on how much I loved the Baer cabs and on how much Roger's vision for the amp appealed to me.

    The Prodigy & Strategy and the Monique are fantastic - I'd happily recommend all of them (also Jule seems like a very good guy and the Mesa crew are absolutely awesome folks) but I definitely believe I made the right choice. The Valkyrie is the real deal. I'm looking forward to bringing it to the next Bay Area GTG for more people to check out.
  6. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Any place to hear samples?

    Only video on youtube is an announcement from NAMM 2010(!).
  7. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    If people want I can certainly record samples. But as I said, since the amp doesn't have a real baked in EQ curve it sounds very different with different basses.
  8. astack


    Nov 12, 2011
    Washington, DC

    Can't wait!
  9. Afc70

    Afc70 Modern praise for The Ancient of Days! Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2004
    Northeast Arkansas
    Subscribed ! Awesome thread
  10. R Baer

    R Baer Commercial User

    Jun 5, 2008
    President, Baer Amplification
    We are going to be working on putting some clips on the website, but there's a good chance we won't be able to get to it until sometime after NAMM.
  11. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Very cool.

    And for anyone going to NAMM Roger said in the other thread that Baer will be sharing a booth with Sadowsky. That should be pretty awesome.

    My first gig with my new all Baer rig will be in two days. Small room but with good acoustics and usually an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd.

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas!
  12. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
  13. evilgus

    evilgus Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Sydney, Australia

  14. 5StringPocket

    5StringPocket Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    The design and feature set of this amp looks so spot on. How is the heft to the notes on this amp compared to some respectable micros out there like the GK MBFusion800, Puma 900, and GB Streamliner 900? I'm sure there are a few of us considering this amp who would be interested. Wattage rating by itslef is misleading and that Class A/B power section with that monster toroid must have a healthy current reserve to support those notes. The Aggie DB750 and Mesa M9 are known for this "lead sled" heft that seems to propel those notes like a wrecking ball. If the Valkyrie delivers the same that would be the deciding factor for me.
  15. basspipe


    Dec 19, 2004
    Very curious; I've heard lots about the 112 but very little about the amp. Any reviews? Anyone own one that would like to share?
  16. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I think this feel - the "weight" behind the notes - is one of the best things about the Valkyrie. You can feel the difference even at low volumes. The Streamliner 900 (which I really liked) has a "big" feel to it but it feels more like a bump in the low end EQ where the Baer feels more naturally "girthy".

    Well, there's my review in the first post in this thread. Hopefully others from the initial run will chime in with their thoughts.
  17. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    So you'd say that it has similar "weighty note feeling" to something like a DB750, but without the kind of baked in voice that amp has?
  18. basspipe


    Dec 19, 2004
    In addition to the quite thorough initial review from Jared of course.
  19. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    The DB750 is like a big rubber sledgehammer. Without A/Bing them directly (I sold my Aguilar quite a while ago) I don't want to say they have the exact same feel but they are definitely in the same ballpark. For reference the Carvin B1500 also has the heft to it.
  20. Not an owner, just a dreamer. If they sound half as great as they look....

    It is clear that a great deal of artisanship went into the creation of these amps and cabs.